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The Ristiveto Festival at Ateneum Art Museum on 11-13 October will present classic works of Late Romanticism and Early Modernism in a fresh way and with old instruments. Grand pianos from the early 20th century and string instruments strung with gut will transport listeners closer to the original and fascinating soundscape of the artwork. The concerts will be held in the exhibition halls, and the themes will be connected to the new exhibition opening on the same weekend, “On the Shores of the Lake”, which presents the Tuusula artist community. The festival will feature top Finnish and international artists, whose repertoire will include chamber music by Sibelius, Tchaikovsky, Webern and Dvorák.
The winds of National Romanticism arrived on Finland’s shores in the 1890s and inspired young contemporary artists to escape the city and set up their ateliers and homes in the Finnish nature by Lake Tuusula. They wanted to merge the culture and traditions of their own people with the wider European tradition and to create art that would be independent and original, yet also internationally credible and respectable. Among composers, similar movements were underway in other areas on the fringes of the Central European cultural tradition, such as Scandinavia, Eastern Europe and surprisingly also the British Isles.
The Les Six Group and the Second Viennese School are also featured in the festival programme. Defined groupings of composers have been relatively rare, and they have seldom been particularly active or long lasting. All the more important were the friendships among artists who shared an affinity with each other, enjoying the dialogue between colleagues and art forms and sensing the spirit of the times. Examples of this include Mahler’s contacts with contemporary authors and painters, as well as the collaboration and friendship between Brahms and Schumann. The music to be performed at the Ristiveto Festival was composed between the 1850s and 1930s and prefigured the spread of music to countless new genres via Late Romanticism, Folk Romanticism and Expressionism.
Alasdair Beatson - Pia Freund - Markus Hohti - Emil Holmström - Atte Kilpeläinen - Eriikka Maalismaa - Gordan Nikolić - Christoffer Sundqvist - Jan Söderblom
Friday 11 October at 7pm: Lake Tuusula and neighbours
Finnish composers Jean Sibelius and Armas Järnefelt both lived and worked by Lake Tuusula. While their eyes were on the major metropolises of Europe, they also picked up influences from neighbouring countries. Järnefelt served as an orchestra conductor in Stockholm, while the young Sibelius was inspired by Tchaikovsky and Grieg in finding a new nationalistic style.
Grieg: Sonata nr 3 in c minor for violin and piano
Tchaikovsky: Piano Trio in A minor, Op. 50
Saturday 12 October at 5pm: Friends in Europe
Groupings of composers are rare, and mostly they have influenced the history of music by offering a foundation upon which the composers have developed their own styles. Good examples of this are Honegger, who made a name for himself as part of the Les Six Group, and Webern, who represented the Second Viennese School. The F-A-E Sonata that concludes the concert is a remarkable example of a collaboration between three composers. Schumann, Brahms and Albert Dietrich composed the sonata as a gift to their friend, violinist Joseph Joachim.
Berg: 4 pieces for clarinet and piano
Honegger: Sonatina for violin and cello
Mahler: Piano Quartet
Webern: Vier Stücke for violin and piano
Brahms/Schumann/Dietrich: F-A-E Sonata for violin and piano
Sunday 13 October at 5pm: Romanticism and folk
The final concert of the festival presents music from the European peripheries, where musicians and composers experienced the same kind of national awakening as their Finnish colleagues did by Lake Tuusula. Glinka is often referred to as the father of Russian art music, while Bartok’s and Dvorak’s folk zeal created music that engaged the national soul. Frank Bridge in turn introduced the harmonics and melodies of Late Romanticism to the new British music. His ambitious approach combined with the quality of his compositions set an example for other British composers in much the same way as Sibelius’s groundbreaking work did in Finland.
Bartok: Duos for 2 violins
Bridge: 3 songs for mezzosoprano, viola and piano
Glinka: Trio pathétique for clarinet, cello and piano
Dvorak: Piano Quintet No. 2 in A major, Op. 81
Ristiveto Festival at Ateneum Art Museum, 11-13.10.2013
Tickets go on sale on Monday 2 September via Lippupalvelu outlets and online at www.lippupalvelu.fi
Tickets (including delivery): 27.50 / 24.50 / 22.50 / 11.50 € from Lippupalvelu. www.lippupalvelu.fi. Discount with S Bonus Card: 3 € off full entrance fee. Festival tickets include entrance to the museum on the day of the concert.
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